Monday, February 25, 2013

Mae West: Lucio Villegas

MAE WEST starred in "Goin' to Town" [1935] and Chilean-born Lucio Villegas was seen as Señor Ricardo Lopez.
• • Lucio Villegas [25 February 1883 — 20 July 1968] • •
• • Born in Lota, Chile on Sunday, 25 February 1883, Lucio Villegas got his Social Security number in California and first appeared onscreen in the USA when he was 47.
• • From 1930 — 1952, he participated in 57 motion pictures.  During the early 1930s, the distinguished looking actor was given featured parts in Spanish language films. In English language pictures, however, he was assigned mostly uncredited bits. Typically, he was called upon to play a Latino character, a physician, priest, or waiter.
• • Fans will remember Villegas as the priest in "The Bride of Frankenstein" [1935], whose enormous cast was peppered with those who had the privilege to work with Mae West such as Mary Gordon, John Carradine, D'Arcy Corrigan, and Dorothy Vernon.
• • During his two decades in Tinseltown, Lucio Villegas was offered authority roles, too: commandant, chairman, general, justice of the peace, marshall, magistrate, officer, police scientist. His career wound down in the early 1950s. After playing a butler in the screen comedy "The Marrying Kind" [1952] at the age of 69, he decided he was the retiring kind.  
• • Lucio Villegas died in Los Angeles on 20 July 1968. He was 85.
• • On Tuesday, 25 February 1913 • •
• • The announcement that "Mae West, the comedienne" was appearing at the Grand ran in the Atlantic Journal on Tuesday, 25 February 1913.
• • On Tuesday, 25 February 1936 • •
• • Motion Picture Herald ran a feature on "Klondike Annie" in their issue dated on Tuesday, 25 February 1936.
• • Hollywood Citizen News did an article on "Klondike Annie" on Tuesday, 25 February 1936. Three days earlier, on 22 February 1936, gossip columnist Louella Parsons weighed in on Mae West's latest motion picture, too.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I can't picture a man kissing a woman's hand when she's in street clothes or a bathing suit."
• • Mae West said: "You should get out of those clothes — — and into a dry martini." [movie dialogue for Mlle Fifi from "Every Day's a Holiday"]
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about the Oscars mentioned Mae West and featured her photo costumed as Mlle Fifi, a sultry brunette vocalist.
• • Meredith Garretson wrote: The first Academy Awards were held in 1928 in the midst of prohibition. Even though it was illegal, Hollywood was deeply steeped in drinking culture. It was an age of speakeasies. According to Blume, Hollywood was a huge influencer of drinking habits because people drank what they saw people drinking in movies.
• • Meredith Garretson continued: Popular actors and actresses of the time like Charlie Chaplin and Mae West had drinks named in their honor. The Mae West contains the unlikely combination of brandy, half an egg yolk, sugar, and cayenne pepper. Blume says the ingredients match West perfectly: strong, boozy and velvety. ...
• • Classics That Never Fade • •
• • The Mae West — As Lesley Blume says, this drink totally epitomized its namesake: strong, boozy, and velvety.
• • Ingredients: 1 ounce brandy, 1/2 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, ice cubes, 1 dash cayenne pepper
• • How to do it: Shake the brandy, egg yolk, and sugar with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the dash of cayenne pepper and a dollop of naughtiness.
• • Recipe courtesy of bartender Lesley M.M. Blume and Chronicle Books.
• • Source: Article with drink recipes: "Ingredients for an Oscar Win: Cocktails for Your Viewing Party" written by Meredith Garretson for PBS, Art Beat; posted Friday, 22 February 2013 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2588th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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